Harry Cochrane will leave Hearts at the end of the season as the promising prospect opts for pastures new amid links to English Championship club Brentford (Scottish Sun).
The Bees were said to be monitoring Cochrane’s contract situation earlier this season as his deal ticked down. Sent on loan to League One Montrose this term, Cochrane has now turned down a new deal at Hearts. It means clubs like Brentford could pick him up for a development fee from the Jambos.
Cochrane burst onto the scene at 16 with a debut goal against Celtic but injury has blighted his progress since. Now 19, he prepares to leave Hearts after 33 appearances, sporting director Joe Savage saying the club ‘respect’ his decision.
He said: “We offered Harry a new contract because the potential is there, it always has been, and we want to see young players become success stories at Hearts. He’s decided go a different way and we respect that. Sometimes a fresh move is best for all concerned, that’s football, and nobody at the club has a bad word to say about Harry.
“From the club’s perspective we’ve done everything procedurally that you would expect in order to protect training compensation, and we plough ahead with developing existing talent and sourcing new players of all ages to come in and improve the team both short and long term.”
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